Gig Harbor scored 20 unanswered points in the second game of its match with the Stadium Tigers on Thursday en route to a 25-8, 25-3, 25-15 sweep in a Class 4A Narrows League volleyball contest.
Tides junior Peyton Wilson nearly served for the entire second game, leading her team to a 24-1 lead. She recorded five aces in the process.
“We all work really well together,” Wilson said. “We’ve been practicing really hard on working as a team, so when I was serving, we all just worked really good together, and even though we didn’t get a lot back, we just knew what we had to do and executed the ball well.”
Gig Harbor head coach Sue Westering enjoyed the Tides’ dominance.
“I think we just stayed aggressive serving,” Westering said. “Peyton had such a long run there, it was like, ‘Wow.’ When you can serve hard and aggressive, and they’re maybe not as strong receiving, it puts you in a position where you can keep getting momentum going without a break in that.”
Wilson wasn’t the only one who had success. Junior Lauren Sutton recorded three aces in a row to kick off the second game.
Sutton said serving has been a point of emphasis for the Tides.
“We’ve been working a lot on our serves at practice, because that’s one thing that will win you games,” she said. “We’ve just been working really hard on that.”
The Tides also dominated play at the net, constantly blocking Stadium’s efforts to send the ball back.
“Our front row has been working a lot on over passes and blocking, and you could really see that tonight,” Sutton said.
Westering said the front row has shown significant improvement during the course of the season.
“The girls are just doing their job and being aggressive,” the coach said. “We’ve really tried to get better at that, get better at blocking. I think we are better. I think their awareness of where the ball is is much better than it was at the beginning of the season.”
The Tides were on the same page all night, and Wilson attributed that to their teamwork.
“We just work really well together,” Wilson said. “We all have really good energy and really good synergy, so when we get on the court, we all just work really hard and really well for each other.”
Westering said the win stems from the consistent approach the Tides try to take into every game.
“We try to play ourselves,” Westering said. “That’s what we try to do. Every match we go in to, we try to be the best we can be. There’s an opponent across the net, but we just try to better the ball and be the best we can be.